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I think the drought is broken. I think we must have had 3 inches of rain since it started raining last week. None of us know because we take our rain gauges in the first of December to keep them from freezing and cracking. Not the case this year. Its been near 60 on the Branch all week and is still about 50 this morning. The Branch has been running high since Friday. I talked to Fay this morning and she said they had been checking their gap every day to make sure it hadn’t washed out. Otherwise they have been keeping close to the house.
Wanda did manage to get a bicycle ride to Joyce’s house between showers. They wanted to take advantage of the warm weather while it lasts. Joyce has her Christmas decorations out and wanted her to see them. We can rest assured now that Joyce is “up and running” and ready for the holidays.
Wanda is trying to adjust to being retired. She said it’s hard to get it into her head that plans can be made for the middle of the week now instead of waiting for the weekend. Stony and I had that same problem when he retired. After having a five- or six-day work week for so long, one had to retrain the brain. After wanting to visit the Kentucky History Museum for so long, it dawned on her that they could “do that anytime now,” so they did. She and Ray went on Thursday and spent the day leisurely strolling around for hours. It’s so nice to be off the clock.
My decorating is done except for putting up the tree. I will do that the end of this week. I’m almost afraid to with Stubbs in the house now. There is nothing he can’t climb, except the refrigerator. He hasn’t quite gotten to the top of that, yet.
Cannon Stamper had his fifth birthday on Dec. 7. He is Sue’s grandson.
It was mentioned at church on Sunday that Bill Hardin, a Monterey boy, was going into Central Baptist to have a pacemaker installed Monday. He has had some heart problems and this will help him with them. We wish him well and send healing prayers and wishes for a better quality of life now.
Jennifer Willhoite turned 16 recently too. She is now eligible to drive with a licensed driver. Lanny’s son Abe is also of that age too. He sends his sympathy to Vanessa and Willis.
Johnny Bob, the J.R, of whom I write so often, passed away early Friday morning. He is the last of my generation in my family; the only one left who has known me since grade school. We were in Miss Louella Forcee’s class. I was in the second grade and he the third. I knew his name and recognized him when I saw him, but at recess the boys played with the boys and the girls did whatever girls did at recess back then. He lived on a farm at the edge of Owenton and I lived in town so we didn’t really see each other till we were in high school, when I got interested in boys. I dated him a couple of times, but then I dated every boy in high school at least once, I think. This was in 1943. There was a war on, things were much different then. Kids didn’t pair off and get “serious” till they were seniors. Johnny Bob began to date my sister Barbara at some point, I wasn’t really interested in anyone but me then and in December of 1949, they married and he became my brother-in-law. They would have been married for 63 years on the 11th if both had lived. Barbara died in 2001. J.R. has been in my adult life for all those years. He was a nice boy, a good husband and father, a true friend and was loved and respected by all who knew him. I will miss him, we all will miss him but he couldn’t get better and we know he is in a better place now, with Barbara.
Goodbye old friend and rest well.